JULY 2012




July 2012




International students arrive for Texas International Leadership Week and International Leadership Academy.




Junior International Leadership Academy




Sister Cities International annual conference, Jacksonville, Florida



Junior International Leadership Academy Closing Ceremonies, McLean 6th Grade Center, 3201 South Hills Avenue (76109), 5:00-6:00 p.m.




International Leadership Academy




Final travel orientation for Harashin Scholars and parents, UNT Health Science Center Auditorium, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., (76107), 2:00-4:00 p.m.




International Leadership Academy Cultural Sharing night, University Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 2720 S University Dr. (76109), 6:30 p.m. Dessert potluck - bring cookies or brownies to share.




Board of directors meeting, The Fort Worth Club, 12thfloor, 12:00 p.m.



Home Hosting weekend




Global Educator Workshop, TCU - Smith Entrepreneurs Hall #104, 2805 West Lowden Street (76109), 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $40 at the door. RSVP by Monday, July 16th by emailing eva@fwsistercities.org or calling 817/632-7100. Space is limited.




Nagaoka 25th anniversary pre-travel orientation at 6:00 p.m. Location to be announced.




International Leadership Academy City Council Recognition, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton Street (76102), 10:00 a.m.




Mayor's International Dinner committee meeting, Murphy Mahon Keffler Farrier LLP, Tindall Square Building No. 2, 505 Pecan Street, Suite 101 (76102), 4:00 p.m.




Emerging Leaders Network summer celebration of global leaders, The Garden's Restaurant, 3220 Rock Springs Road (76107), 6:00 p.m. $15.00 members and $20.00 non-members.




Board mentoring luncheon at International Leadership Academy, University Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 2720 S University Dr. (76109), 12:00-1:30 p.m.


26-Aug. 4


Fort Worth Harashin Scholars depart for Nagaoka.






ILA Closing Ceremonies at TCU, Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 University Dr. (76109), 10:00-11:30 a.m. All SCI members, host families and community invited.



To sign-up for any of the listed events above, please email RSVP and

on the subject line enter RSVP with event name or call 817.632.7100.

You may also fax to 817.632.7110.Thank you!


  • The committee will welcome  4 Reggio students participating in the Kids Who Care Summer Theater Camp this month, as well as 17 others for Texas International Leadership Week and International Leadership Academy July 6-29.
  • Mark your calendars to attend the international potluck dessert reception, all guests are asked to bring their favorite cookie desserts and enjoy a fun evening of cultural presentations.  All members are also invited to attend the closing ceremony on July 29th.
  • Grazie to all the wonderful host families sharing our Texas hospitality.


  • We are pleased to welcome one university student facilitator and 3 high school students for the Texas International Leadership Week and Academy. We also have a University of Koblenz student joining our intern team this month.  Join the Trier committee at the International Cultural Sharing and dessert potluck night July 17th.

  • Eight participants have been selected to participate in the Young Professionals Mentorship exchange program to Nagaoka, Japan Oct. 2-12, 2012. This program is being partially funded by a grant through Sister Cities International funded by the U.S./Japan America Society. 
  • The committee is also planning  the 25th anniversary celebration exchange to Nagaoka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and Tokyo at the same time.  See registration details here.

  • The committee is pleased to welcome 6 Indonesian students and their teacher to Fort Worth for ILA. The committee is planning an informal welcome dinner for the students and their host families on Sat., July 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of former chair Paul Geisel. 


  • No students from Budapest were able to attend ILA this year. Please join the committee however at the International Cultural Sharing night July 17th and meet students from our other sister cities.  Bring cookies or brownies to share. See calendar for details.


  • The group is busy interacting with 4 Toluca interns here for two months.  Two are working in the Sister Cities office - Matsu Shimizu and Benjamin Miranda who are engineering students at the TEC de Monterrey.  Lorena Alarcon Herrera and Eduardo Siqueiros, theater students at TEC de Monterrey are interning at Artes de la Rosa's summer theater camp.
  • 10 Toluca facilitators will serve in the classroom during Jr. ILA and then join the high school ILA program.  Also attending ILA will be another  15 youth and 2 teacher.
  • Bring your favorite cookies to share at the dessert reception July 17th and meet all our international guests.


  • Special thanks to the June youth group that just returned from Mbabane where they shared our culture by painting a  mural in the Central library in Swaziland and visiting schools and care point centers. 
  • 5 high schools students, 1 alum  and a teacher will attend ILA.  Thank you to the members of the BELA organization (Black Ecumenical Leaders Alliance) for their continued sponsorship of scholarships  for the Mbabane students.
  • Meet our Swazi youth and teacher on July 17th at the dessert reception and cultural program.  Bring your favorite cookies to share.


  • The first youth exchange to Guiyang just returned with many memorable experiences and new friends.  Check out our FaceBook page for postings and photos of their experience. 
  • Guiyang is sending 10 students and 2 teachers and staff from their City International Affairs office for ILA. Xiexie to all host families who are sharing their homes. Join us in welcoming them at the cultural presentations on July 17th . See calendar for details.
  • Sign up by July 16th to attend the international teacher workshop - Global Fluency in the Classroom - and meet teachers from our sister cities who will make presentations on education in their countries. 

Fort Worth Youth International 

  • Educators invited to our workshop on "Global Fluency in the Classroom" Monday, July 23 at TCU. Meet teachers from our sister cities of Italy, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, Swaziland and China to discuss international education programs. Rsvp by July 16th to Eva@fwsistercities.org. Details on our website at www.fwsistercities.org
  • Special thanks to all the families for hosting our 100+ international youth and teachers during ILA
  • High school summer intern - Sarika Sabnis from Paschal has been doing a great job on all summer youth programs. 

 Emerging Leader Network (The Net)

  • Join the group at their summer celebration of global leaders this month where Jason Lamers, Chief of Staff for the Mayor and Council will share his thoughts on global involvement at the city level. See the calendar for details.
  • Congratulations to all summer Associate Delegation Leaders who recently returned from their adventures in Mbabane, Swaziland; Guiyang, China; and Nagaoka, Japan.
  • We are all so thrilled to have 12 university student interns working in our office this summer including 3 international interns from Toluca, Mexico and one from South Korea.  The Sister Cities office is buzzing with activity and excitement and these interns are very much appreciated for their hard work.



Mae Ferguson




Joseph Ramirez

Vice President/COO



Irene Chase

Vice President



Beth Weibel

Sr. Program Manager


Eva Rodriguez

Executive Assistant





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Fort Worth Sister Cities International
610 Grove Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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